February 28th, 2013 11:51 AM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Georgia, South Carolina
Tags: Georgia, Maybe Georgia, Peach State, Rivals
February 27, 2013. Mark down the date. South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier — long a needler of Georgia’s football program — decided to say some nice things about the Bulldogs’ in-state recruiting yesterday.
(We’ll pause for the shock to wear off.)
Asked if beating Georgia in three consecutive seasons helped his Gamecocks recruit the Peach State, Spurrier told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
“I don’t know how much winning three in a row against them helps there. It just helps that we’ve gone 11-2. I don’t think we out-recruit Georgia very seldom. We may get one every now and then that could go to Georgia. But overall, Georgia gets most of the Georgia kids. Not all of them, but they’ve almost always recruited the state well, the ones they are after.
You know, there’s a whole bunch of guys there, and they can’t recruit them all. And I tell people all the time, if there’s 40 defensive backs that sign, how do we know who is going to the best in college? Someone is going to rate a 5-star and another one a 3-star. But again, who knows until they go to college and start playing?
There are so many good players in that state. Maybe Georgia gets the most of the top-ranked ones. But there’s plenty of outstanding players after that.”
Spurrier is correct in saying that UGA usually locks up the best players within its home state. This past year, however, was an exception. The Dawgs signed just one of the top 12 players in Georgia (as ranked by Rivals.com). Still, Mark Richt and crew inked the #12 ranked class in the country. Carolina’s class finished just behind them in the #16 slot.
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